Camera Analysis ...

How about TIF vs RAW ?
  • The original 400x400pix TIF image was printed in high resolution and then that print was photographed at the same distance as all the other tests. This photo-crop is the same (60%) 54x54pix size.
  • The first photo is a camera-RAW [9.9MB] image and the second photo is a camera-SFine JPEG [2.4MB] image.
  • Clearly, both images are worse than the JPEG reference image so default camera-RAW alone is not the answer.
(60%) 54x54 pix (RAW)
(60%) 54x54 pix (JPEG)